Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
Global Startup Battle
An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend events are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Teams then form a pitch video and enter into the Circle battles they qualify for. Global votes determine the top 15 teams in each Circle and finally, a panel of judges decides which team is the overall winner. In 2012, over 130 cities participated in Global Startup Battle, and GSB 2013 is expected to be even larger. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.
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Startup Weekend Houston + GDG Houston
Startup Weekend Houston has partnered with Google Developers Group Houston to host a bootcamp on Nov 9th from 4pm – 7pm at TX/RX Labs on 205 Roberts st.
This pre-event will prepare participants for Startup Weekend on Nov 15 – 17. The code lab format is hands-on to help developers and entrepreneurs have more success during the weekend challenges. Only $10 for pre-registered participants
We know during a Startup Weekend event there isn’t a lot of time to learn new tools. Participants need to come in with the tools in their belt to do their best. This pre-event bootcamp will showcase available tools from Google.
Participants will be lead by the organizers of GDG Houston and experienced Startup Weekend mentors for guidance. Food and refreshments will be provided.
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Participants can register by sending an email in the below format
Registration for SW + GDG pre-event. (any other notes/comments/concerns)
Register today! Only 28 spots are available.
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